I had my L's for ages and didn't get on the bike. I rode it a few times around my quiet suburb streets a few times and was way too nervous to go out of the area or near any main roads. I left the bike sitting there, unridden for a good 8 months. Did a couple more little 15 minutes rides around the street, still felt like shit on it. My L's came close to expiring so I booked the MOST, did a couple of bigger rides a few days before. Balmain to Ryde. Balmain to Botany. Not really big, but meh. Did P's, failed but managed to renew L's. Let months go by again before getting on the bike. Really wasn't feeling it. All of a sudden 2011 rolls around and I decide I'm going to get my P's and start riding. I do few little rides, then a few slightly bigger. Confidence grows, but still feel uneasy. Practise some slow speed manouvers in a back street and book P's up in Tuggerah. Ride up the F3 and manage to pass. Was so stoked that I rode back via the Old Pacific, had never done a road like this before. Few more little rides here and there and then the April holidays roll around. I have now been on a Homebush Learner ride and done 5 Old Pacific runs. I am absolutely loving it and feel that in the last two months I have transformed from a nervous numpty into a keen rider who is learning new skills and getting better each time on the bike. Today I got back from the Old Road and wanted to go straight back, I'm feeling it. The best feeling is making that step up from a complete learner to being semi confident and knowing what to do and being able to practise it. I can't wait to get some track days and professional training under my belt. Bring it on!